You all have got to meet my good friend, Julia Ward. She’s a fun, happy, energetic person who’s always bubbling with jokes and plenty of laughter. I’m currently reading a couple of books she’s written, and they’re both sweet and romantic. The men are caring and patient, and the women are sweet and a little bit sassy. We don’t know just yet when they’ll be ready for publication, but I’ll be sure to let you all know when they do come out!
We’ve been chatting up a storm lately, so I thought I’d give you a little taste of her energy! Here’s some of what we discussed:
Why did you choose to write Romance?
Julia: I didn’t choose Romance, it chose me. Silly but I had to say it.
I have a fascination with how people come together and stay together. Connections between people are amazing. Why didn’t I stay with that one guy? Why have I stayed with this one? What about that really sweet guy from the good family that had the great job but didn’t have that artist spirit? That fascination with just the right spot in the crossroads of intellect and emotion, reason and chemistry. Plus, I just love bringing people together. I am not a matchmaker in real life.
Do you live a romantic life?
Julia: You know, I believe that romance is in the eye of the beholder, so to speak. We all find different things romantic. When I was younger, I was a sucker for red roses. If my husband gave me any now I’d probably beat him with them. Some people like jewelry but I don’t wear it. What I’d find romantic currently is when he’ll play a game with me, something like (actual) mahjongg or Empire Builder (rail game), or maybe a jam session. But it’s also a choice, kind of like feeling sexy. That’s as much in my hands as it is in his. If I want flowers, I buy myself flowers (though I’m super excited when he draws one for me). So the answer is: Yes, I do live a romantic life. It takes some effort but it works for me.
What is your favorite movie and why?
Julia: That is an impossible question. (laughs) I don’t have one single favorite movie. I have many favorites depending on what I need at the moment. Always, Princess Bride, The Wedding Date, Must Love Dogs are go-tos for romance inspiration or when I just need crying girl time. Tango and Cash for explosions, action, and big, dumb guy inspiration. Star Wars (IV-VI) when I need homey, comfort movies. Then there are the X-men and Avenger series for when I just need to feel like someone’s out there kicking bad-guys’ back sides.
There’s just no way to pick only one.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Julia: The same thing my mom used to tell me. Have fun and be yourself. There’ll be a time that you’ll stop. Don’t. Figure out how to ride through it. But don’t sweat it. We’re still okay.
When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
Julia: I let them develop as I go. (laughs) This has been a pain sometimes. I have a couple of stories that need serious rewrite at the beginning because the MMC changed in the course of a couple of chapters. The hazard of being a “pantser”.
Julia Ward is a Pacific Northwest native. During childhood she delighted in running with the family’s pack of dogs through the neighboring forest pretending to live out many adventures. More stories filled her head over the years with only a few making it to paper. Now, with kids grown who have kids of their own, she looks forward to sharing her stories with others and hopes they’ll bring a little fun or love into someone’s life.
A variety of disparate jobs during her years has given her some interesting experiences and knowledge leading to the formation of some quirky characters.
Currently, her primary genre leans toward the romantic side but she also has works in progress that wander into the sci-fi as well as the paranormal realms.
She looks forward to getting to know her readers and hopes they enjoy her work.
You can find a little more about her at About.Mehttps://about.me/JuliaWardAuthor/JuliaWardAuthor
And some of her rambles (and perhaps a snippet or two) at halffastwriter.wordpress.com